Intel Developing New Version Of Curie Chips For Future Wearable Tech And IoT DevicesBy Mark Spencer, UniversityHerald Reporter
Unveiled at CES 2015, Intel's button-sized wearable processor called Curie was then an open source prototype. Intel was hoping Curie would become a flexible solution designers need to create wearables such as rings, pendants, bracelets, bags, fitness trackers and even buttons.
Since Curie's unveiling, Intel is present during Fashion Week in New York, carving a path on how technology might change fashion. Clearly, an odd match, but the technology shown by the chip maker has changed every year.
Previous years displayed a creepy couture spider vest designed by Anouk Wipprecht, an experimental designer who is pushing the boundaries of wearable technology and showing how personal data can be represented in our clothes, using embedded computer chips.
Intel's showcase during Fashion Week 2017 was a lot different and more practical such as, a bracelet that monitors women's health, a handbag that is aware of its environment and detects temperature, toxic gasses, even barometric pressure. There are also shoes that track its user's fitness data as well as connected Tag Heuer watches, according to Intel Newsroom.
Intel does believe that the best wearable products are yet to come. Accordingly, Intel is aiming to change the way people interact with computing devices and the way information is shared. Also, as well as how users entertain themselves.
The chipmaker hopes to put in Curie in an expanded variety of wearables, including sports equipment and Internet of Things sensors. However, even though Intel highlighted Curie on a variety of products during Fashion Week, none went on sale. Accordingly, many products were still undergoing development.
Still, in its infancy, the wearables market is still growing, albeit slowly. The latest most practical device is a $1,500 Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch, PCWorld reported. Undeterred, however, Intel is also tapping into "makers" or do-it-yourself crafters to find new ways to use Curie.